Brewed by Kleinbrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Abbey Tripel
Erpe-Mere, Belgium


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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Ondineke is a classic tripel, brewed in the ancient way, again with exclusive natural ingredients: artesian water, malt (barley), hops, yeast and liquid candy sugar. As in the Saison no spices are added. Ondineke is an unfiltered top fermenting beer. It is soft, creamy, and of golden color. It is double hopped with the last real hops available from the region of Aalst (The variety is Hallertau Mittelfrüh). Ondineke has a positive taste evolution and the bottles are best kept standing in a cool, dark place. It is best before two years after the bottling date. 8.5 % alc.vol. makes this a beer to be savoured. Preferably Ondineke is to be served at a temperature between 6 to 10° C. Moreover Ondineke is at its best when served in the originally designed Glazen Toren glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2007
Hazy gold in color, this has a tall foamy head that settles, then grows with a movement of the glass, then settles, et cetera. It has a complex aroma of nutty dough, soapy yeast, citrus fruits, and garden flowers. This has a light & gassy feel to it, the type that bloats the stomach a bit upon drinking. It tastes of sweet malts with a grassy/floral bitterness, has a light touch of tart oranges, and a peppery spiciness that warms the tongue. The finish has a light sourness to it along with a splash of malty sweetness. Nice, even if it leaves me belching for a while.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2007
750 ml bottle, no date, poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Large foamy head turns into a lacing that covers the entire surface. Color is glowing golden with medium clarity. Aroma is strong on cookie dough maltiness and lactose-y yeastiness but offset by a fresh air clean aroma. All of which is great but upon close examination there is also a grassy/slightly herbal aroma in the background that is not desirable. Taste is creamy sweet with grassy hoppiness that creates an abrupt finish to the flavor. Leaves a lightly sweet aftertaste. Low bitterness and a below average carbonation to go with the creamy texture of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 2     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 4
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4     Lasting: 2     Lacing : 2
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 4   Bread : 2   Dough : 3   Esters : 4   Phenols : 2   Dusty : 3   Spicy : 3   Apple : XX   Banana : 2   Tropical Fruits : 2   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : 2   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Pilsner : 4   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : XX   Hay : 2   Caramel : XX   Honey : 2   Cereals : 4   Grainy : XX   Wheat : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Perfume : XX   Orange : 2   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : 2   Herbal : 2   Grassy : 3   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : 3   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : XX   Orange : 3   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : 2
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : 2   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 2   Farmy : XX   Complex : 3   Length : 3
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : 2   Sharp : XX   Watery : 2   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX

Comments: Yummy, quintessential yeasty triple in my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
Opaque, maybe a little too peachy colored for the style but still okay, save for the chunks floating around. Nice clingy white head that had no problem reviving itself with a swirl of the glass.
For a capped-only bottle, it had a lot of cork notes which was sort of unexpected but not unpleasant, it gave it some dusty attic feel to go with the obvious yeasty, spicy aromas ubiquitous to the style.
A teeny little bit sweet for just a half second, then the carbonation hits your tongue and attacks you with coriander and maybe allspice, who knows with belgian tripels, maybe it’s all yeast. Alcohol is subdued, but then again so was the overall body. A solid trip from a brewery that has been all good so far for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A piney hop cologne scents the rather dusty yeast in this effervescent Tripel where tame cereal sweetness and whispering alcohol closes the diplomatic flavor profile.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Large bubbles slowly sink into the hazy straw gold.
-The expansive carbonation could get on your nerves if you’re not into that sort of liveliness.
-The finish is somewhat watery, which is a shame.
-Grassy hops agree with the distant haystack.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a very bubbly, exuberant goldne orange with a huge frothy, fluffy white head. Smells of sweet floral citrus, and hints of cinnamon and candy sugar in the background. The taste has a bit of sourness to it. Still has belgian triple characters, with some smooth caramel and sweetness up front. I think the slight sourness is a nice touch to change it up a bit. Usually triple’s arent the most exciting styles. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Great sour, horseblanket aroma like a lambic. Lots of sediment in the glass, yellow beer and very heavily carbonated. Good fruit flavor, spicy, and plenty of hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle was ready to open right away as it foamed over upon opening. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge white head. Very spicy nose with hints of ripe fruit and spice. Nice balance on the flavor between spice and sweet. Nice flavor with a great light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2007
Light yellow coloured, some light carbonation and a medium white head. Light fruity aroma, sprankling body. Finish is full, fruity with some sweeter touches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2007
In the bomber bottlefrom Beertopia. Pours a hazy golden butterscotch color with a huge white head. Strong honey aroma. lemon scent also. The flavor is tart with some pear and big time apples. The sweetness is more chemical than sugary. Somewhat cider-like. Great lacing and a huge yeast cake left behind.

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